Gordon, Earnhardt and Kahne qualify in the top 12 at Pocono
By Jessica Ruffin
LONG POND, Pa.— Jeff Gordon, Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Kasey Kahne all advanced to the final round of NASCAR Sprint Cup qualifying on Friday at Pocono (Pennsylvania) Raceway. Gordon will begin Sunday's 400-mile event from the fifth position, while Earnhardt and Kahne qualified ninth and 12th, respectively. Hendrick Motorsports teammate Jimmie Johnson will roll off the grid 17th on Sunday.
Below is a look at how all four Hendrick Motorsports drivers fared in qualifying:
KASEY KAHNE, NO. 5 FARMERS INSURANCE CHEVROLET SS
Best speed: 181.280 mph
Best time: 49.647 sec.
Average start at Pocono: 10.0
JEFF GORDON, NO. 24 AXALTA CHEVROLET SS
Best speed: 182.611 mph
Best time: 49.285 sec.
Average start at Pocono: 11.5
JIMMIE JOHNSON, NO. 48 LOWE'S CHEVROLET SS
Best speed: 180.502
Best time: 49.861
Average start at Pocono: 9.1
DALE EARNHARDT JR., NO. 88 MICHAEL BAKER CHEVROLET SS
Best speed: 181.741 mph
Best time: 49.521 sec.
Average start at Pocono: 14.8